The 90-Minute War

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The 90-Minute War

In this biting political mockumentary, Israeli and Palestinian leaders, fed up with decades of conflict and failed peace agreements, have finally agreed on a solution: The two sides will play one 90-minute soccer match to determine their fate—the winner gets to stay, and the loser must go away, forever. Writer/director Eyal Halfon pulls no punches as his camera follows the team managers—played with perfect comic timing by Israeli film legend Moshe Ivgy (7 Days) and Norman Issa (Arab Labor)—as they prepare, simultaneously trying to work every possible advantage and complaining that responsibility for the future of each nation has fallen on them. Every detail of this match has historic import. Who can be a neutral referee? What countries are secretly helping the teams train? And what about the star Arab fullback on Israel’s team—where are his loyalties?

photo credit: Nadine Fraczkowski

This film is part of the Westchester Jewish Film Festival 2019 series.

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